Are you a first generation college student?
The Program in Biology is proud to welcome you and your family to the University of Michigan and to the study of biology!
The University has a number of programs that focus on the needs of 1st gen. students:
The University Mentorship Program "provides an opportunity for new first-year students to connect with volunteer mentors who are knowledgeable about the University in order to ease the transition from high school to college. Mentorship helps to make the University a smaller place, and builds relationships between students, faculty and staff." As part of this program, first generation students are given an option to connect with mentors in their area of academic interest (a number of Biology instructional faculty participate, many of whom are 1st gen. students themselves!) as well as fellow students with similar interests and backgrounds.
A virtual gateway outlines resources of specific interest to 1st gen. students, including information on financial aid, academic support, and 1st-gen.-focused student groups. Look also for personal stories of other 1st gen. students and submit your own.
A first-generation student space is also available. "The First Generation Student Gateway serves as a starting point to get connected to resources for first-generation students. Housed in the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI), the Gateway is linked to several partner offices and is a home for support for first-generation students. The Gateway is for all first-generation undergraduate and graduate students and their allies. The Gateway is open during regular business hours (8AM-5PM)."
1st Gen. News:
Elisse Rodriguez 10/10/2017 The University Record
U-M has opened a First-Generation Student Gateway
Elizabeth A. Harris 05/30/2017 New York Times
Martin Slagter 04/17/2017 MLive